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East Coast Warehouse Receives Safe Quality Food Certification from FDA

[ October 15, 2016   //   ]

East Coast Warehouse & Distribution announced that it has completed a rigorous accreditation process to receive the Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This designation puts East Coast Warehouse at the forefront of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandate and raises its status as a best in class, organically rated, temperature-controlled, food grade logistics services provider.

The FDA finalized this new food safety rule under the FSMA earlier this year in order to help prevent both intentional and unintentional contamination of the food supply chain from farm to fork. The rule requires those transporting food by motor or rail vehicle to meet the following guidelines for safe and sanitary transportation:

  • Must be clean, dry and odor-free
  • ┬áIf the trailer is temperature-controlled, it must be operating properly at the correct temperature
  • The trailer must be free of any structural defects in the roof, walls or floor boards

If a trailer fails to meet these standards, then the carrier must make alternative arrangements.

“At East Coast Warehouse, we take our responsibility to protect our food and beverage customers and their products very seriously,” said Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse. “The SQF certification is a prestigious designation that assures both manufactures and consumers that the storage and transportation of consumable products have been handled according to the highest industry standards.”